Junior Makes Return To Busch Series

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will return to the NASCAR Busch Series next month when he’ll compete in the Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

He and brother Kerry Earnhardt will drive special Looney Tunes paint schemes in the Busch race, with Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 8 Chevrolet featuring Gossamer and Kerry’s No. 12 featuring Yosemite Sam.

Earnhardt Jr. was the Busch Series champion in 1998 and ‘99 before moving full-time to Winston Cup. He returned to the Busch Series at Daytona in February by winning the EAS/GNC Live Well 300 in the No. 3 Chevy made famous by his late father. Junior also raced at Lowe’s Motor Speedway but crashed out of the event.

Earnhardt Jr. has won three times at the .75-mile Richmond International Raceway, once in Winston Cup and twice in the Busch Series.

“I raced in the Busch Series a few times already this year and really enjoyed myself,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “It’s good competition, and at Richmond it’s fun racing under the lights on a Friday night. This is a new program, and it’ll be exciting driving the Looney Tunes Monte Carlo into Victory Lane.”

Kerry Earnhardt is a full-time Busch driver with FitzBradshaw Racing.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the Looney Tunes team for the Busch Race at Richmond,” Kerry Earnhardt said. “Any time you race on Friday night under the lights it’s always an exciting time. Richmond is one of those races that you never can predict the outcome because anything can happen. I can’t wait to see Yosemite Sam holding onto the hood as I drive my Chevrolet into Turn 1.”

The Monte Carlo 400 Winston Cup race at RIR is sold out, but tickets are available for both the Busch and Craftsman Truck Series races.

“Fans who were not able to get a ticket to our sold out NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Saturday, September 7 will still be able to see one of the true superstars of our sport,” said Doug Fritz, President of Richmond International Raceway. “Tickets are very reasonably priced and kids 12 and under are free in the general admission sections. Plus, the Looney Tunes characters will be at our free Fan Fest, so it will truly be a fun, family night.”

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